Conscience

I’m re-posting a favorite poem of mine that supports the choice to help others who are being unfairly prosecuted across the globe.  A serious plight for many who simply speak out against their government’s intolerance and tyranny of their people.  Many are imprisoned or killed for simply standing up and voicing an opinion. I am a member of Amnesty International.

Gayle ~ 

Don’t speak up and see what transpires when you don’t add your voice to atrocities seen. 

Don’t speak out when outraged and incensed, then the outrage will be that your silence was kept.

Prisoners of conscience don’t have a say, their rights have been taken and many enslaved.

There’s many held captive, tortured and raped– stand up against these injustices before it’s too late.

Our lives are filled with everyday scenes where societies are crumbling but we won’t hear the screams.

Too many turn a blind eye and ears deafened by choice, what a shame, what a tragedy– what is our unease?

People worldwide are needlessly dying, by the tainted hands of corruption. We can stop it; we can help through all of us uniting.

Speak out, join forces with all others who care and write letters of protest opposing all tyranny.

Open your eyes, don’t look away– your compassion is desperately needed. So unlock your heart and don’t delay, join Amnesty International–before the end of this day.

http://www.amnesty.org/ Brian Miller over at dVerse Poets asks us to write on our choices:  http://dversepoets.com/2012/06/09/poetics-its-a-matter-of-choice/

Day of the Disappeared

Amnesty International

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I’m demanding today

that you uncover their fate.

Citizens are disappearing;

you’re covering up.

Unscrupulous regimes

hiding their locations and

secreting them away

to unknown prison camps.

These people are speaking

and showing the truth

of governments who rule

with silencing oppression.

Human rights are

being trod on, people

live in distress, of the

harsh repercussions

for justifiable demands.

People worldwide

deserve honorable

treatment.  Living

lives of freedom

from fear and disappearing.

Your abduction of those

who show courage to

oppose, will soon be halted;

your power eliminated.

The world is watching.

We won’t forget their faces.

Stories of their lives

are being told even here.

We won’t stop until

there’s liberty for all.

It’s the least we can do for

our brothers and sisters.

So now we are campaigning

to find out the truth,

the Day of the Disappeared

is now in effect.

Light shown on your villainy

will soon reveal their site.

The world is watching.

We won’t forget their faces.

http://www.amnestyusa.org

My entry to the Poetry Picnic:  http://gooseberrygoespoetic.blogspot.com/

 

Happy Holidays

Conscience

Don’t speak up

and see what transpires

when you don’t add your voice

to atrocities seen.

 

Don’t speak out

when outraged and incensed,

then the outrage will be

that your silence was kept.

 

Prisoners of conscience

don’t have a say,

their rights have been taken

and many enslaved.

 

There’s many held captive,

tortured and raped–

stand up against these injustices

before it’s too late.

 

Our lives are filled

with everyday scenes

where societies are crumbling

but we won’t hear the screams.

 

Too many turn a blind eye

and ears deafened by choice,

what a shame, what a tragedy–

where is our strong voice?

 

People worldwide are needlessly dying,

by the tainted hands of corruption.

We can stop it; we can help

through all of us uniting.

 

Speak out, join forces

with all others who care

and write letters of protest

opposing all who ensnare.

 

Open your eyes, don’t look away–

your compassion is desperately needed.

So unlock your heart and don’t delay,

join Amnesty International before the end of this day.

 http://www.amnesty.org/

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